A bronze bust of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is placed in the United States Capitol building, becoming the first of any Black American to stand in the halls of Congress.
1986 (Jan 16)
A bronze bust of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was placed in the United States Capitol building. The statue was the first of any Black American to stand in the halls of Congress. The bust, which depicts King in a meditative mood with a slightly bowed head, was created by John Wilson, a Black artist at Boston University. After being displayed in the rotunda of the Capitol building for six months, the bust was to be moved to Statuary Hall to stand beside the statues of other famous Americans on display there. The bust was unveiled by King's widow, Coretta Scott King. Among those who spoke at the ceremonies were Senator Charles Mathias from Maryland who said, “today, Martin Luther King, Jr., takes his rightful place among the heroes of this nation." Representative Mary Rose Oakar from Ohio added: “No other American of my generation affected the course of American history more than Dr. King."